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Old School Ghoul
Old school ghoul 2.jpg
Quest data
Camp McCarran or Camp Forlorn Hope
Nellis Air Force Base
Given ByRaul Tejada
RewardOld Vaquero or Full Maintenance
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Base ID000e61a5

Old School Ghoul[1] is a companion unmarked quest in Fallout: New Vegas.

Activating the quest

Raul Tejada, the ghoul handyman found captive at Black Mountain, must be the player's active companion when the player initiates dialogue with Ranger Andy in Novac, Corporal Sterling in Camp McCarran (or Camp Forlorn Hope) and Loyal at Nellis Air Force Base. There is no set order to which non-player character you approach first, but all three must be spoken to until their dialogue trees have been exhausted. At the end of each interaction, Raul will start a conversation with the player that revolves around both his observation of the characters and anecdotes about his history.

Quick walkthrough

  1. Speak with Ranger Andy in Novac.
    1. Let Raul speak to the player about Ranger Andy. (He speaks when you leave the house)
  2. Travel to Camp McCarran or Camp Forlorn Hope and speak to Corporal Sterling.
    1. Let Raul speak to the player about Sterling.
  3. Travel to Nellis Air Force Base and speak to Loyal.
    1. Let Raul speak to the player about Loyal.

Detailed walkthrough

Discussing the lives of some older people and their roles in their community will let Raul think about his own life and what to do with the rest of it. In general speaking of toughness and duties lets Raul tend to retake his gunslinger past, while talking about retirements or the experience older people have lets him tend to let this past finally be past.

Note: He needs at least 2 distinct opinions, directing him to the one path or the other, else he remains undecided and the final conversation will not start.

Ranger Andy

Talk to Ranger Andy with Raul present. The key topics are what he does in Novac ("What do you do here?"), and what happened to his leg ("Did something happen to your leg?" or "What happened?"). Raul must hear these answers, so you may need to repeat dialog you've already had with Andy. After this, leave Andy's bungalow and wait a few seconds for Raul to run up to you and talk. Raul will initiate a dialogue concerning the player's opinion of Ranger Andy's place as a crippled, older man in a harsh world. The choices made by the player will influence which way Raul decides to proceed at the end of the quest ultimately affecting the player's reward.

  • Speaking of the toughness Ranger Andy still has will give Raul one argument for the gunslinger path.
  • Speaking of Ranger Andy's experience or retirement will give Raul one argument for the repairman path.
  • Mentioning that Ranger Andy didn't have to give up doesn't influence Raul's decision.

The player has an opportunity to hear part of Raul's story but may skip this portion of the dialogue at no penalty.

Corporal Sterling

The player must travel to either Camp McCarran or Camp Forlorn Hope depending on the completion status of the quest Three-Card Bounty. The player must speak with Corporal Sterling, an NCR 1st Recon sniper stationed with the rest of his squad at Camp McCarran, defending the region against Fiends. If all the bounties have already been turned in to Major Dhatri during the quest "Three-Card Bounty", his squad will have been reassigned to Camp Forlorn Hope. After initiating and ending conversation with Sterling, Raul will initiate a dialogue similar to the one held after learning from Ranger Andy.

  • Speaking of Corporal Sterling's devotion to his duty or the debt he owes to the NCR will give Raul one argument for the gunslinger path.
  • Speaking of his retirement or inability will give Raul one argument for the repairman path.

Again the player has an opportunity to hear another part of Raul's story but may skip this portion of the dialogue at no penalty.


The player must travel to Nellis Air Force Base and initiate a similar conversation with Loyal. He can typically be found in either his own house or the hangar housing the bomber.

  • Speaking of Loyal's knowledge or that he knew when to step back will give Raul one argument for the repairman path.
  • Speaking of "that kind of life" will give Raul one argument for the gunslinger path.

The final part of Raul's story leads to him mentioning his doubts about his thinking of being too old for a gunslinging life until these doubts are cleared up.

Raul's Doubts

If Raul has collected enough arguments (at least 2 for one path or the other), the Courier now can ask him about these doubts. He will tie the stories of the three men the player has met thus far to his own story. He will decide to either return to his gun slinging vaquero ways or relegate himself to a quieter life of machine (and armament) maintenance. The decision at which he will arrive is influenced entirely by the player's dialogue responses during the progression of this quest. However, the player has the opportunity to sway him to the other alternative with a Speech skill of 66.

After completing the final dialogue, Raul will receive an upgraded perk. The Old Vaquero perk is granted if the player convinced him to return to the ways of his gun slinging past; it increases his fire rate by 33%. The Full Maintenance perk is granted if the player urged him to contribute in other ways increasing the reduction in weapon degradation that he provides from 50% to 75%. If Raul upgrades to the Old Vaquero perk, he continues to provide the Regular Maintenance perk. His outfit will also change to the Vaquero outfit or the Armored Petró-Chico outfit appropriately.

After this asking him again about the Rafaela part of his story he will thank the Courier for clearing up his doubts and let him take a clear decision for his future life.


  • The non-player characters can be talked to in any order.
  • If Raul doesn't come to talk to you after speaking with one of the people, try leaving the location of the person you had talked to and Raul will talk to you have the men later.


  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png For some reason Ranger Andy will not engage in dialog at all even though the HUD will zoom in to make it seem you will be able to but will then automatically zoom back out making it impossible to talk to Ranger Andy.
  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png You will unable to talk with Corporal Sterling. He only replies with a generic line without opening dialogue if he is stationed at Camp Forlorn Hope. This may be fixed by spawning Driver Nephi and letting the rangers kill him: player.placeleveledactoratme 000f56ff.
  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png For yet unknown reasons it is possible that talking to Ranger Andy in Novac does not trigger Raul to speak to the player, making it impossible to start the quest even if you have not learned Ranger Takedown prior to having Raul with you.
  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png After Patch 1.02 it is now possible to initiate the quest by talking to Ranger Andy after learning the Ranger Takedown Move, though you must still have Raul as a companion at the time.
  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Raul doesn't start the final conversation after talked to all three characters and receiving all three relevant dialogues from Raul. To avoid this, the player must not talk to Loyal after completing the quest Volare!, when he thanks you for making his dreams a reality; must not initiate the side-quest I Don't Hurt Anymore AND talk to Corporal Sterling; and must not talk to Ranger Andy prior to having Raul as a companion. After having Raul as a companion you can talk with Loyal, Corporal Sterling and Ranger Andy in whatever order you want, as long as these conditions are fulfilled.


Main quests
Act 1Ain't That a Kick in the Head · Back in the Saddle · By a Campfire on the Trail · They Went That-a-Way · Ring-a-Ding-Ding!
Act 2Wild Card (Wild Card: Ace in the Hole, Change in Management, You and What Army?, Side Bets, Finishing Touches) · The House Always Wins (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII) · Render Unto Caesar · Et Tumor, Brute? · Things That Go Boom · Kings' Gambit · For the Republic, Part 2 · You'll Know It When It Happens/Arizona Killer
Act 3No Gods, No Masters · All or Nothing · Veni, Vidi, Vici · Eureka!
Side quests
New California RepublicAnywhere I Wander · Back in Your Own Backyard · Bitter Springs Infirmary Blues · Boulder City Showdown · Can You Find It in Your Heart? · Climb Ev'ry Mountain · Don't Tread on the Bear! · Emergency Radio · Eye for an Eye · Flags of Our Foul-Ups · Hard Luck Blues · I Don't Hurt Anymore · I Put a Spell on You · Keep Your Eyes on the Prize · Medical Mystery · No, Not Much · Pressing Matters · Restoring Hope · Return to Sender · That Lucky Old Sun · The White Wash · There Stands the Grass · Three-Card Bounty · We Will All Go Together · You Can Depend on Me
Caesar's LegionBeware the Wrath of Caesar! · Caesar's Favor · Caesar's Foe · Caesar's Hire · Cold, Cold Heart · I Hear You Knocking · The Finger of Suspicion · We Are Legion
The StripBeyond the Beef · Bye Bye Love · Classic Inspiration · How Little We Know · Pheeble Will · Talent Pool · The House Has Gone Bust! · The Moon Comes Over the Tower
Freeside & Outer VegasBirds of a Feather · Bleed Me Dry · Debt Collector · G.I. Blues · High Times · Someone To Watch Over Me · The Coyotes · Wang Dang Atomic Tango
BoomersAnt Misbehavin' · Sunshine Boogie · Volare! · Young Hearts
Great KhansAba Daba Honeymoon · Cry Me a River · Don't Make a Beggar of Me · Oh My Papa
Powder GangBooted · I Fought the Law · Run Goodsprings Run · Why Can't We Be Friends?
Brotherhood of SteelEyesight to the Blind · Still in the Dark · Tend to Your Business
OtherCome Fly With Me · Crazy, Crazy, Crazy · Ghost Town Gunfight · Guess Who I Saw Today · Left My Heart · My Kind of Town · The Legend of the Star and A Valuable Lesson · Unfriendly Persuasion · Wheel of Fortune
Companion questsED-E My Love · For Auld Lang Syne · Heartache by the Number · I Could Make You Care · I Forgot to Remember to Forget · Nothin' But a Hound Dog · One For My Baby
Unmarked questsA Bit of Slap and Tickle · Access Powers · All Fired Up! · Andy and Charlie · Arachnophobia · Arizona Scavenger · Barton the Fink · Bear Necessities · Big Winner (Atomic Wrangler, The Gomorrah, The Tops, Ultra-Luxe, Vikki & Vance) · Bounty Killer (I, II) · Brotherhood Bond (I, II) · Caching in at the Cove · Cajoling a Cudgel · Claws Mended · Claws Out · Dealing with Contreras · Defacing the Humble Stone · Democracy Inaction · Don't Poke at the Bear · Eddie's Emissary · Exhumin' Nature · Flogging a Dead Corpse · Friend of the Followers · Getting a Leg Up from Andy · Gland for Some Home Cooking · Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger · Hat's Entertainment · Help for Halford · Hidden Valley computer virus · Highway to the Danger Zone (I, II) · Honorary Rocketeer · I Love Bananas · Iron and Stealing · Keith's Caravan Charade · Laurifer Gladiator · Lenk's Bad Debts · Lily and Leo · Long-Term Care · Malleable Mini Boomer Minds · Maud's Muggers · Meeting an Equal · Missing a Few Missiles · Not Worth a Hill of Corn and Beans · Of Boomers and Education · Old School Ghoul · A Pair of Dead Desperados (I, II) · Papers, Please · Pistol Packing · Playing on the Old Joana · Poor Meat Never Makes Good Soup · Powder to the People · Power to the People · Proper Burial · Razzle Dazzle! · Reach for the Sky, Mister! · Rest and Resupply · Ringo's Caravan Rules · Rotface's Loose Lips · The Screams of Brahmin · Silus Treatment · Short-Term Treatment · Smooth-Talking Criminal · Strategic Nuclear Moose · Straus Calls · Strip Search · Saving (or Savaging) Sergeant Teddy · Stocking Up · Suits You, Sarah · A Team of Moronic Mercenaries · Team Spirit · The Thorn Mayhem · Thought for the Day · Tourist Traipse · Trudy's Radio Repair · A Trusted Aide · Useless Baubles or Fancy Trinkets? · We Must Stop Beating Like This · We Must Stop Meeting Like This (I, II, III, IV) · Wind-Brahmin Wrangler · You Gotta Break Out a Few Eggs · You Make Me Feel Like a Woman
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Add-on quests
Dead MoneySierra Madre Grand Opening! · Find Collars (8: "Dog", 12: Christine, 14: Dean Domino) · Fires in the Sky · Strike Up the Band · Mixed Signals · Trigger the Gala Event · Put the Beast Down · Last Luxuries · Curtain Call at the Tampico · Heist of the Centuries · Big Winner, Sierra Madre
Honest HeartsA Family Affair · Arrival at Zion · Bighorners of the Eastern Virgin · Chaos in Zion · Civilized Man's Burden · Crush the White Legs · Deliverer of Sorrows  · Departing Paradise · Flight from Zion · Gathering Storms · Gone Fishin' · Happy Trails Expedition · Prisoners of War · Retake the Bridge · River Monsters · Rite of Passage · Roadside Attraction · Sanctity of the Dead · The Advance Scouts  · The Treacherous Road · The Grand Staircase · Tourist Trap
Old World BluesAll My Friends Have Off Switches · A Brain's Best Friend · Coming Out of Her Shell · Field Research · He Came... And Went · Influencing people · Midnight Science Fiction Feature! · Old World Blues · On The Same Wavelength · Picking Your Brains · Project X-13 · Sonic Emitter Upgrade · Welcome to the Big Empty · What's In A Name? · When Visitors Attack · X-2: Strange Transmissions! · X-8 Data Retrieval Test · X-8: High School Horror! · X-13: Attack of the Infiltrator!
Lonesome RoadThe Reunion · The Silo · The Job · The Launch · The Tunnelers · The Divide · The Courier · The End · The Apocalypse